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First Name Basis Podcast

Aug 31, 2021

The summer of 2020 was difficult and emotionally taxing for So. Many. Reasons. But one of the hardest things for me was hearing white parents say that they could not support Black Lives Matter because they believed that Black Lives Matter wanted to destroy families, which simply is not true.

Where does this myth come from? Why would anyone think Black Lives Matter doesn’t support families?

It pretty much all stems from one quote on the organization’s website that was misinterpreted and misunderstood.

I’ve heard from a lot of you saying that you need help understanding this topic. There is so much to dissect that I decided to break it down into two episodes: “Black Lives Matter and the Family Pt. 1: Enslavement” and “Black Lives Matter and the Family Pt. 2: Over-Policing and Mass Incarceration.”


In Part 1, you will learn:

  • What Black Lives Matter actually said and how it’s been misinterpreted.
  • More about the history of Black families in our country.
  • How enslavement affected Black families.


Season 4 Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN 


Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced In The Episode 

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 9: “Racism 101

How Slavery Affected African American Families” by Heather Andrea Williams from UNC Chapel Hill 

The Enslaved Family,” National Humanities Center 

The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake” by David Brooks in The Atlantic


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